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Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics, Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics.

A Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics

B Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

C the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

D the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during its later epidemics

E Benjamin Jesty's family's infecting with cowpox in 1774 intentionally and ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

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10 Jun 2013, 08:08
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Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics, Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics.

I think that we can eliminate A B because use a possessive pronoun (its/their) before "epidemics". I do not care about which one is correct, as the entire idea of "possessive" + "epidemic" is not correct. The epidemic does not belong to anybody

E Benjamin Jesty's family's infecting with cowpox in 1774 intentionally and ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

E changes the meaning. Both the adverbs refers to "saved" and the infection is no more "intentional".

What is the difference between the remaning B and C?

B Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics
C the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

The are words moved around between B and C. Fist of all what does "with cowpox" refer to? It refers to the infection, so B is better because the position of the word "infection" is closer to its modifier.
In the preceding sentence "Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics" his refers to Benjamin Jesty, B once more is better because places the noun closer.
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10 Jun 2013, 08:15
Great Explanation as always. Thanks!

PS: how do you create the second spoiler... Always wanted to know that lol
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10 Jun 2013, 11:08
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Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics, Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics.

A Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics

B Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

C the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

D the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during its later epidemics

E Benjamin Jesty's family's infecting with cowpox in 1774 intentionally and ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

Grockit!
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If we are bent upon finding the answers, we can come to the OA, but aren't all the options wrong?
The first part of the sentence Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics
can only be modofied by Benjamin Jesty and none of the options do so ...

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If we are bent upon finding the answers, we can come to the OA, but aren't all the options wrong?
The first part of the sentence Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics
can only be modofied by Benjamin Jesty and none of the options do so ...

Yes, in that part "his" refers to Benjamin but is not a modfier: it'a sentence!

Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics

it has a subject and verbs. It is different from the this case:

The most infulent scientist of the 20th century, Benjamin

in this case the first clause it's a modifier and Benjamin must follow the comma. In the sentence above we have two clauses, not a modifer+clause.

Hope it's clear
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11 Jun 2013, 00:19
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Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics, Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics.

A Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics

B Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

C the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

D the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during its later epidemics

E Benjamin Jesty's family's infecting with cowpox in 1774 intentionally and ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

Grockit!
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My late reply, but I have different approach. I eliminated A, D because:
- In A: "their" is quite ambiguous. "their" maybe modify Benjamin's family or virus
- In D: "its" is not clear. It does not refer to anything.

B, C, E remain:

C is wrong because: "Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox" differs from "the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox".
- Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox ==> All of his family got intentional infection with cowpox
- the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox ==> The Benjamin's family provided the infection with cowpox
The meaning is changed a little bit.

E is wrong because "intentional" should modify "infection". But "intentionally" is adverb and modifies "saved"

Only B is correct.
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I got down to B/C, but I'm unsure why B is correct. Is it because the opening phrase mentions 'his neighbors' and therefore we need Benjamin Jesty's after the comma?

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Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics, Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics.

A Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during their later epidemics

B Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection of his family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

C the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

D the intentional infection of Benjamin Jesty's family with cowpox in 1774 ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during its later epidemics

E Benjamin Jesty's family's infecting with cowpox in 1774 intentionally and ultimately saved them all from the much more deadly smallpox virus during later epidemics

Grockit!
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My Explanation :-
Meaning :- Although Benhamin Jesty's neighbours were shocked and feared their neighbours, his strategy to infect his family with cowpox saved his family from the more deadly small pox virus during the later epidemics
A and D use pronouns "their" and "its" respectively, which lack a suitable precedent and can hence be eleminated
In E- their is no main verb in the part- Benjamin Jesty's family infecting with cowpox in 1774 and is hence in-appropriate
Between B and C- It is important to understand the actual meaning of the sentence. The sentence presents a contrast on the actions of Benjamin Jesty by using "though".Therefore, B seems more apt

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22 Jan 2017, 11:04
Logically Choice B is contender and precise from others.

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I got down to B/C, but I'm unsure why B is correct. Is it because the opening phrase mentions 'his neighbors' and therefore we need Benjamin Jesty's after the comma?

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No, that is not the reason, the opening part (" Though his neighbors were shocked and even feared his family would take on animal characteristics") is not a modifier, but a dependent clause. So there is no requirement that it touches Benjamin Jesty. Moreover even if it were a modifier, it would modify "Benjamin Jesty's intentional infection".

The reason C is wrong is that it is not clear who infected Benjamin Jesty's family.

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